Founders

Joshua Beauregard

Head of school

BA in Economics, Vassar College; MA in Secondary Mathematics Education, City College of New York; MA in School Leadership, EdD in Education (Candidate), Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)

Teaching and Coaching – In his ten years of teaching, Josh has also worked as a teacher coach for HGSE’s Teacher Education Program and is a founding coach for MATCH Charter School’s Teacher Residency Program.
Curriculum Design – Josh created several new course offerings for students at Louis D. Brandeis High School (LDBHS) including Advanced Placement courses and cross-disciplinary elective courses.
School Leadership – Josh served as Director of the Academy of Finance at LDBHS. He is also a graduate of the HGSE’s School Leadership Program and licensed as a school principal.
School Initiatives and Program Management – Josh has extensive experience launching and managing new school programs including a professional mentoring program and a video analysis group for teachers at the Community Charter School of Cambridge.
Educational Research and Evaluation – As a consultant and researcher, Josh has performed evaluations and exploratory research of educational programs to determine impact and best practices.

Casey Burns

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

BA in English, Boston College; MA in Teaching of English, Teachers College, Columbia University
Teacher Leadership in English Language Arts (ELA) – As an ELA teacher of eight years, Casey has served as a grade leader, mentor, and professional development and lab site coordinator. He has also served as a school representative to three Teachers College (TC) Leadership groups on topics such as grammar, word study, conferring, and the use of technology in reading and writing instruction.
Elementary and Middle School Curriculum Design – Casey has developed and co-developed reading and writing curricula for elementary and middle schools. He has contributed to professional development and literacy consulting work.
Teaching Students with Unique Needs – Having worked extensively with special education students and English language learners, Casey has experience assessing students, differentiating instruction, as well as writing and modifying individual education plans.
Extracurricular and Enrichment Program Management – As program director and in partnership with other teachers and administrators, Casey has introduced extracurricular programming in visual arts, chess, martial arts and boxing, basketball, and peer tutoring.

ERIC RAFAEL GONZALEZ

Board of Trustees Member

BA in Philosophy, State University of New York at Purchase College; Master in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ed. M. in Education, Policy and Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Non-Profit Management – As director of a New York City-based non-profit organization for five years, Eric managed eight program coordinators and 54 program sites involving over 2,400 students annually.
Curriculum Design – Eric designed and taught year-long, ELA standards-based, civic engagement and life skills curricula, in addition to designing and teaching learning units on conflict resolution, violence prevention, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and economic development.
Youth and Community Organizing – In conjunction with students and their families, Eric crafted and carried out advocacy strategies directed at city and state elected officials that culminated in a $5,600,000 budget allocation by the City for dropout prevention programming.
Program Development – Eric created and implemented civic engagement, academic improvement, dropout prevention, and parent and community engagement programs in several New York City communities.
Strategic Relationship Building – As a non-profit director and as a researcher working in schools, Eric has developed and fostered strong relationships with students and families, school and district administrators, and private- and public-sector leaders.

Director of Culture & Enrichment

Director of Culture & Enrichment

BS in Computer Science/Physics, Columbia University; MA in Secondary Mathematics Education, City College of New York
Teaching in Mathematics and Technology – Hemanth taught mathematics and technology courses to high school students from 9th to 12th grade for five years, in both English and Spanish.
Technology Integration – Hemanth created curricula for project-based courses in computer programming, web page design, and robotics. He also trained colleagues to integrate tools such as the graphing calculator and SMART Board into their lessons, and to design course websites to improve student, parent, and teacher communication.
Test Preparation and Assessment Design – Hemanth is a standardized test expert. As a teacher and private tutor, he has coached students to excel in NY Regents, Advanced Placement, SAT, SAT II, ACT and SHSAT exams. He currently teaches GMAT preparation to MBA candidates for Manhattan GMAT and has co-authored several curricular materials.
Special Events and Community Involvement – As Coordinator of Student Activities at LDBHS, Hemanth oversaw the student government and organized numerous events and programs such as cultural celebrations, fundraisers, talent shows, school dances, and senior prom, unifying the community and building school morale.
Student Mindfulness and Emotional Well-Being – Hemanth has been a motivational speaker at NYC schools and has served as an instructor in the Youth Empowerment Seminar, stressing positivity and teaching students to transcend influences that devalue education in their lives.

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